This entry was posted on 6/28/2008 12:00 AM and is filed under Decision Making, Adaptability, COL John Boyd.
Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland (LESC) Form Training Alliance & Bring Deciding Under Pressure… and Fast to New England
With scientific discoveries and technological changes being developed so rapidly in our society it is easy to forget the importance of the human mind and how it relates to decision making and conflict, in our rapidly changing world. For a majority of U.S. communities, college campuses and businesses the first line of defense is an Public Safety Force (law enforcement and security officers)- dedicated individuals, often lacking both the resources and the experience required to confront lethal and, seemingly, unpredictable threats. MAJ Don Vandergriff and Law Enforcement & Security Consulting (LESC) is in the position to change that. Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland (LESC) have formed a training alliance to bring this evolutionary method of training to security and law enforcement officers. Deciding Under Pressure…And Fast will better prepare leaders and frontline personnel to mange the information and decision-making process in support of confident, legal and effective policing and security practices. Don and Fred have worked with the military, armed and unarmed security and law enforcement officers to develop their capacity for “in the moment tactical decision making.” This formed alliance, both students of the theories of COl John Boyd, teaches individual officers, and team leaders, how to assess, adapt and manage threats to better protect the public and themselves.
Cultural change begins with the application of a new leader development model in place of techniques being used today in both institutions and operational units. A new leader development approach known as the Adaptive Course Model (ACM) is cultural rather than a prescribed list of procedures and exercises. ACM develops adaptability through the use of outstanding teachers who use the experiential learning model to teach rapid decision making (RDM) process. ACM forms the beginning of the next revolution- a revolution in education-that will spur an evolution into a new personnel management system centered on professionalism and flexibility. This course will focus on how to begin the evolution into a new leader paradigm.
Deciding Under Pressure…and Fast will introduce teaching, facilitating, mentoring and evaluation techniques for adaptability that will enable leaders to set conditions allowing students to develop effective decision making skills using Recognition Primed Decision-making (RPD). Testimonials from former cadets serving in Iraq and Afghanistan validate to cadre how well ACM worked. This course will save leaders time by presenting them with results from our experiments after four years of teaching adaptability in potential leaders.
The course presents the unknown through a series of games. Don Vandergriff has taught the course to Army, Marines, Navy Seals, Cadets and Businesses more than 30 times. Fred Leland has taught decision making to law enforcement and security practitioners as well they have never taught the same way twice. This is because they practice what they preach. They have formed this training alliance to allow the course to evolve based on input from students and new techniques from various other disciplines such as law enforcement, security and private businesses, as well as new techniques from their studies. This is why Don Vandergriff and Fred Leland have adapted, teamed up to present these valuable techniques to the law enforcement and security professions.
The Course will cover:
- Tools in developing adaptability
- Historical snapshots from Sun Tzu to the present regarding adaptability. Evolution of the roots of maneuver and guerrilla warfare.
- Categories of conflicts: attrition, maneuver, and moral and how they apply to law enforcement and security
- Synthesis: common patterns of how leaders decide and lead-blitzkrieg (conventional) and guerrilla (unconventional): fundamental role of grand strategy
As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be introduced to:
- Cognitive development
- Problem solving skills
- Metacognitive skills
- How to facilitate
- Tools to help teach and develop adaptability
- Scenario based education
- Tactical decision games
- Ethical decision games
- The ability to develop and continue scenario based training program in your organization
The Boyd Cycle: How Air Force Combat Training Applies to Law Enforcement and Security
A key component in much of Deciding Under Pressure…And Fast is the Boyd Cycle, also known as the OODA Loop. The cycle consists of a tactical decision making process which, when understood and utilized properly, improves response times, confidence and resolve. Through development of the power of observation, orientation, decision and action (OODA) and the implementation of these individual processes in a repetitive cycle, officers improve their ability to correctly assess threats and the reaction time needed to deal with them.
COL John Boyd
The Boyd Cycle is named for COL John Boyd the legendary USAF fighter pilot and creator of the most revolutionary combat strategy since Sun Tzu. Boyd wrote the first manual on Jet Aerial Combat (Aerial Attack Study). He is widely regarded as th father of the F15 and F16, having influenced the tactical requirements for both fighter. Boyd’s famous OODA loop is taught at the USAF, USMC, US Army, Federal/State/Local police department, security firms and businesses.
Major Donal E. Vandergriff, who has been called “the most influential major in the U.S. Army,” is an award winning teacher, writer and lecturer who specializes in leadership education and training. in the United States and all over the world, he has served in numerous troop, staff and educational assignments, retiring in 2005 after 24 years of active duty as and enlisted Marine and Army officer. Major Vandergriff has extensive experience commanding troops, first in Korea, then at the National Training Center, and two tours in the Middle East.
Major Vandergriff has extensive experience commanding troops, first in Korea, then at the National Training Center, and in two command tours in the Middle East. His units won numerous awards under his leadership. In March 1998, he was selected to teach ROTC at Duke University, followed by appointment to the Georgetown University ROTC Department in 1999-2005. He has also served on several special panels dealing with leadership in the post-Soviet era, including the Army Chief of Staff’s task force on transformational issues and the Vice Chief of Staff’s Objective Force Task Force. His study on the operations of the US-led coalition that entered Baghdad in 2003 was widely briefed inside the Army and eventually covered by the civilian media.
As an educator, he taught military science in the Military Science Department and leadership in the Executive Masters in Leadership (EML) program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He also was a professor at the American Military University.
“My goal is to show organizations how to build and nurture adaptability, deal with leader development and personnel management and build and sustain a learning organization.”
Fred Leland, is an active Lieutenant, with the Walpole PD and a former United States Marine. He is an accomplished and accredited trainer with more than 28 years experience teaching Law Enforcement, and security professionals. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 216, where he specialized in terrorism related topics, leadership and management. He is currently an instructor for the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee where he teaches decision making, use of force, terrorism, leadership and incident command to veteran law enforcement officers. His specialties are handling dynamic encounters, threat assessment, use of force, and decision making.
Fred is a student of the late modern day Strategist COL John Boyd and the Ancient Strategist Sun Tzu. He founded Law Enforcement and Security Consulting, Inc (LESC) in 2006 with the focus of bringing these principles to law enforcement and security. A key component in much of LESC Training is the Boyd Cycle, also known as the OODA Loop. The cycle consist of a tactical decision making process which, when understood and utilized properly, improves response times, confidence and resolve. Through development of powers of observation, orientation, decision and action (OODA) and the implementation of these individual processes in a repetitive cycle, officers improve both their ability to correctly assess threats and the reaction time needed to deal with them. LESC is a licensed trainer through the Science of Strategy Institute which focuses on bring these time tested and proved methods to, businesses looking to improve their overall organizational performance.
“My philosophy and that of Law Enforcement and Security Consulting is teaching the strategy and tactics essential to detecting, avoiding, defusing and resolving conflict to leadership and frontline personnel of law enforcement and security.”
Reaching Our Goals is About Evolutionary Adaptability
A culture of innovation is typified by an environment within which every single person in the organization is invested in the organization’s success and feels responsibility to implement new and better ways to achieve organizational objectives. people are encouraged to try alternative paths, test ideas to the point of failure, and learn from experience. Experimentation and prudent risk-taking are admired and encouraged. experimentation is not a destination to be reached, but an unending process of trial, feedback, learning, renewal and experimentation again. The organization as a whole is agile, ready to learn, continually changing and improving. it is fast, flexible and never prepared to sat: We have finished getting better.” Innovative organizations depend less on forecasting, planning and control and more on scanning, agility and feedback. Innovative organizations embrace uncertainty, recognizing that an uncertain future potentially holds as many opportunities as it does threats. ~Brig. GEN David Fastabend and Robert Simpson define in the article “Adapt of Die:” Excerpt from the book, Raising the Bar: by Don Vandergriff.
Where: Taunton Holiday Inn
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA 02780
Date: Tuesday October 14th 2008 (8:30AM-4:30PM)
Cost: $250.00 per person
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.